Maine: A Trip Down Memory Lane

I didn’t grow up in Maine, but my father retired there when I was in high school, so I consider myself a “Mainiac.” During my father’s Navy career, we moved all over the world, never staying for more than a couple years. When my family moved to Maine, I hoped to set roots and make Read More

The Straits of Mackinac: Cruising Itinerary

A spectacular cruising destination and a dream trip for Great Lakes boaters, the journey to the Straits of Mackinac presents a vacation of a lifetime. Boaters cruise north across Lake Huron, enter the Straits of Mackinac and then cross into Lake Michigan. As they pass from one Great Lake to another, Mackinac Bridge, the largest Read More

Cruising the Bahamas – Exuma Islands

Beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau awaits an enchanting cluster of 365 cays and islands, called The Exuma Islands. They’re divided into three major areas — Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each section offers a unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Read More

Cruising Itinerary – Panama

THE OSPREY EYE VIEW Panama’s Caribbean coastline is like a box of chocolates for the sea gypsy soul. On the eastern end lie the San Blas Islands that are miraculously untouched by industrial-level tourism. There you find hundreds of postcard-perfect islands inhabited by the Guna Indians, whose exotic clothing and world-renowned molas will dazzle you. In the Read More

Cruising with Members – Charter French Canals

A BURGUNDY SIPPING TOUR SPICED WITH MEDIEVAL DELIGHTS Life slows to a delightfully relaxed pace on a yacht in the French canals. In the heart of the Burgundy Valley, we chartered a 38-foot boat to tour the Route des Grands Crus, the wine-rich region of France. Spending a week navigating through centuries-old canals and manually Read More

Yacht Charter in the British Virgin Islands

As we flew into St. Thomas Airport in late May to start a week-long yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), I was apprehensive but excited. The BVIs are one of my favorite places, and this would be my fifth yacht charter in the area. I had been following the stories of devastation from Read More

Bonding on the Boat

We were surrounded. On our left, a fishing boat protruded from the dock. From the right, a strong gust of wind shook the American flag on the fly bridge. Tall wooden pilings formed boundaries on either side. Our slip at Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo, NC, was narrow and complicated. Using the bow thruster, my Read More

Abacos: The Best of the Bahamas

Starting Point Old Bahama Bay Located in West End, Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay Marina is only  56 miles from Palm Beach, FL. The  facility is a full-service marina destination with 72-slips and a controlling depth of  8 feet at mean low tide and 24-hour security. Old Bahama Bay offers quick  and efficient on-site Read More